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Spain in the Southwest : A Narrative History of Colonial New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California

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9780806134840

ISBN10:
0806134844
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Univ of Oklahoma Pr
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Summary

John L. Kessell's Spain in the Southwestpresents a fast-paced, abundantly illustrated history of the Spanish colonies that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. With an eye for human interest, Kessell tells the story of New Spain's vast frontier--today's American Southwest and Mexican North--which for two centuries served as a dynamic yet disjoined periphery of the Spanish empire. Chronicling the period of Hispanic activity from the time of Columbus to Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821, Kessell traces the three great swells of Hispanic exploration, encounter, and influence that rolled north from Mexico across the coasts and high deserts of the western borderlands. Throughout this sprawling historical landscape, Kessell treats grand themes through the lives of individuals. He explains the frequent cultural clashes and accommodations in remarkably balanced terms. Stereotypes, the author writes, are of no help. Indians could be arrogant and brutal, Spaniards caring, and vice versa. If we select the facts to fit preconceived notions, we can make the story come out the way we want, but if the peoples of the colonial Southwest are seen as they really were--more alike than diverse, sharing similar inconstant natures--then we need have no favorites.

Author Biography

John L. Kessell is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Preface xi
Sons of the Sun
3(26)
Contact Face to Face
29(28)
A Mestizo Captain
57(14)
Don Juan's Misfortune
71(26)
The Friars' Regime
97(28)
In the Aftermath of Revolt
125(34)
Tides of Empire
159(34)
The Inspector General
193(30)
Apaches, Comanches, and Frenchmen
223(30)
Visions and Realities
253(36)
Roads without Traffic
289(36)
``Gardem Espana''
325(20)
Mexico's Problem
345(34)
Abbreviations 379(2)
Notes 381(40)
Glossary 421(6)
Works Cited 427(18)
Index 445


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